Dear Christmas Music subscribers,
I wish you a Merry Christmas. May Christmas bring joy and happiness to your family and may peace and hope fill your life throughout the year.
The Holidays are time for exchanging presents, stuffing yourself with holiday goodies and getting merry on mulled wine. But Christmas and Thanksgiving are also, the season of goodwill, and can be a tough time for many people, including those who are homeless, recently bereaved, lonely or struggling to make ends meet. These are tough economic times, more so this year due to the COVID-19 crisis. So why not spend some time helping those in need this Christmas? Research shows that acts of kindness can have a huge benefit to your own happiness, health and sense of well-being as well as those of the people you help. So PLEASE! Consider donating time or money to a local charity this year.
The best Christmas experience comes with music, please enjoy this beautiful Christmas orchestral music mix.
I wish everyone of you and your families a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year!
The London Symphony Orchestra (LSO), founded in 1904, is the oldest of London′s symphony orchestras. It was set up by a group of players who left Henry Wood′s Queen′s Hall Orchestra because of a new rule requiring players to give the orchestra their exclusive services. The LSO itself later introduced a similar rule for its members. From the outset the LSO was organised on co-operative lines, with all players sharing the profits at the end of each season. This practice continued for the orchestra′s first four decades.
The LSO underwent periods of eclipse in the 1930s and 1950s when it was regarded as inferior in quality to new London orchestras, to which it lost players and bookings: the BBC Symphony Orchestra and the London Philharmonic in the 1930s and the Philharmonia and Royal Philharmonic after the Second World War. The profit-sharing principle was abandoned in the post-war era as a condition of receiving public subsidy for the first time. In the 1950s the orchestra debated whether to concentrate on film work at the expense of symphony concerts; many senior players left when the majority of players rejected the idea. By the 1960s the LSO had recovered its leading position, which it has retained subsequently. In 1966, to perform alongside it in choral works, the orchestra established the LSO Chorus, originally a mix of professional and amateur singers, later a wholly amateur ensemble.
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